An integrative approach to healing ourselves and our world: honoring people, plants, planet

Past Plant Walks & Talks

Serving smooth sumac infusion to Chattanoogans for TN Valley Chapter of Wild Ones at Green Spaces.

Holli Richey serving smooth sumac infusion to Chattanoogans for TN Valley Chapter of Wild Ones at Green Spaces.

Holli Richey has led medicinal & edible plant walks at the following places: U.S. Botanical Gardens, Washington, D.C. for National Herb Day; Baltimore Bioneers Urban Herbal Walk at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA);  Serenbe Community in Chattahoochee Hill Country, GA; Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, Gainesville, GA; Lazy B Farm in Statham, GA; Vickery Creek Park, Roswell, GA; Brick House Studios, Crawford (east of Athens), GA, Pocket Trail for TN Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, John Muir Trail, TN.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk & Wild Foods Lunch at Brick House Studios in Crawford, GA: Early August, 2010 Holli Richey led a medicinal & edible plant walk followed by a gourmet garden-fresh & wild foods lunch at the 1820s Brick House Studios, a perfect setting for a garden tour. We walked among garden sculpture by Georgia artists, and lunched in the house among healing, Edenic paintings by Lamar Wood, and other Athens artists.

At Shirely Miller Wildflower Pocket Trail at Pigeon Mountain, GA. Holli Richey leading Wild Ones.

At Shirely Miller Wildflower Pocket Trail at Pigeon Mountain, GA. Holli Richey leading Wild Ones.

The menu: the refresher course was watermelon with mint, served with chilled sumac-mint “mock”-tails; later for lunch, more sumac-mint drinks, accompanied with rose-of-Sharon dip served in a rose-of-Sharon flower with radish “chips”, wild greens salad made of violet leaves, yellow dock leaves, rose-of-Sharon leaves, plantain leaves and arugula and herbed dressing; arugula-cucumber-bell pepper green gazpacho; stuffed muscadine leaves (dolmas); and for dessert, warmed figs and goat cheese on toasted crostini, drizzled with blackberry sauce. Yum-Yum! After the meal, a participant told me the wild foods felt so good to be putting into her body. It’s a deeper connection to how the earth provides our food. If we relearn the knowledge of our ancestors, we can all feel good about the food we put into our bodies.

Some of the ingredients for the wild foods lunch: Rose-of-Sharon petals, sumac, watermelon, cucumbers, bell peppers, herbs…

Holli Richey and Lamar Wood stuffing and rolling muscadine leaves gathered from the Brick House property for dolmas served at the wild foods lunch.

A table setting of R.Wood plates and my mother’s 1940s tablecloths for the medicinal & edible plant walk & lunch at the Brick House.

Tex Crawford’s metal sculpture says it all.

You can find out about future herb walks, classes, workshops and wild food suppers by subscribing to Holli Richey’s blog on the right side of the home page. Or you can email herichey@gmail.com and request to be placed on the notification list. If you would like to suggest a walk and lunch in your surrounding neighborhood, let Holli know, and that can be arranged. Medicinal and edible plants grow

Rose-of-Sharon flowers give a pretty presentation to rose-of-Sharon herbed dip. I used millet to set the flowers upright.

everywhere.

Sumac-mint infusion chilled overnight.

Comments on: "Past Plant Walks & Talks" (3)

  1. Eugene Mobley said:

    Love your blog.

  2. Mike Stacks said:

    Holli thank you so much for sharing your knowledge today with us on the John Muir Trail with TN. Wild. I look forward to keep up to date with your Blog.

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